.Net platform enables web developers to build, deploy and run applications with a lot of ease, and we are cognizant of the benefits that come with the platform. It’s structured, feature-rich frameworks ASP .Net WebForms and ASP .Net MVC further leverages the experience for developers to build compliant, easily-maintainable web applications. However, the question that arises is ASP .MVC functions more efficiently, or is better than .Net WebForms. If WebForms provide a conventional event-driven development model, MVC offers better controls. Listed below are some ‘worth to notice’ kind of differences between ASP .Net and ASP .Net MVC. Let’s have a look.
ASP .Net WebForms
The framework largely depends on the Page Controller pattern approach, this simply helps web developers have a layout. This integrated approach basically renders controller to each page (that is, code-behind profile that helps executes the request. As a result, the ASP .Net developer needs to take care of each and every tiny event of the application; which is not that great as a framework!
ASP .Net WebForms does not contain separation of concerns. This somehow brings limitations as an approach for WebForms, mainly because every page gets its individual controller. It creates unnecessary stuffs to be built over the pages making the overall process inefficient. In fact, there is always a chance of redundancy of the codes which is really bad.
This framework comes with a coupled behavior which in several ways makes it difficult for web developers to execute automated testing. The recent industry demands everything to be specific, to be neat and clean and this severely lack with ASP .Net. As a result, the post development process becomes tedious; including testing, maintaining and other activities.
ASP .Net employs Viewstate for accomplishing a stateful behavior. The framework is basically intended to render an experience that is alike some typical WinForm applications. But modern web developer needs the control for each and every View state which is hardly possible with traditional ASP .Net.
The output generated by WebForms is often not that clean, owing to the fact that at times large Viewstate signifies an increase in a page magnitude. Also, the WebForms framework pursues a Page Life cycle.
As a significant plus, the integrated support for good control library availability helps enhance productivity for web developers, allowing them to build reliable and well-maintained applications. It incorporates a Rapid Application Development approach. However, WebForms does not make a really great technology for web designers, primarily because designers prefer building their apps or working with HTML directly.
WebForms are not open source; however it is productive as a framework for small scale applications that have a limited team size.
ASP .Net MVC
.Net MVC as a web framework is often considered more advanced and more functional than .Net WebForms. It employs a Front Controller approach – which basically implies that ASP .Net MVC features a common controller for all the pages, and for processing all the requests. It’s like an object oriented approach; where one object can control all similar events in a hassle free manner. That really makes sense when we are dealing with several view states having similar events. It decreases the coding time and effort drastically as against ASP .Net.
It comes embedded with a very clean separation of concerns. As a result, web developers are enabled to have neatly separated View and Controller features. Moreover, the immediate approach of a web developer becomes consistent and clear. This makes the development process systematic.
ASP .Net MVC has testability has one of its strongest advantages. The framework makes it easier for developers to carry out a detailed, test driven development of their web applications.
It does not contain any Viewstate, basically a stateless approach. However, it provides enormous power, and allows users to prevent any need for manual control binding. It even shuns away the possibilities of several errors relating to binding.
The framework matches the architecture of the web more precisely, more accurately. And since web development requires a great of AJAX nowadays, .Net MVC lends support to AJAX, and makes it simpler and more productive with JQuery. The web development process becomes faster and efficient with these techniques.
It brings forth a clean output, mainly because there is no support for Viewstate, and controller & view components are not dependent which is extremely reliable manner of handling different components in a systematic and effective way.
The framework model under the .Net platform features a very simple request cycle structure instead of complicated requests with ASP .Net that makes the developer confused and roam around the events and lose focus on the real credibility of the application.
It provides complete control JS, CSS and HTML, and allows users to have multiple forms on a page. This however is not likely the case with WebForms.
ASP .Net MVC frameworks are highly favored for web developers who build large scale applications, and where significantly massive teams work together.
And, which one should you choose?
There is no doubt that both ASP .Net WebForms and ASP .Net MVC is productive and result-driven in their respective rooms, but the latter one is always a better choice for anyone who gets the opportunity to design an app right from the scratch. MVC models feature clean URLs and routes, allow users to do creative AJAX interactions, and provide good control over an entire app. However, the grid controls by WebForms are always amazing. So, according to us, depending upon the user’s web development needs, a suitable framework should be chosen.
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